Today, there were 15,166 new cases of Coronavirus in Mumbai, representing a 39 percent increase over yesterday. Three deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours. Of the new cases, 87 percent are asymptomatic. On Tuesday, there were 10,860 cases in the financial capital.
In the metropolis today, 1,218 Covid patients were hospitalized and 80 of them were on oxygen.
In Mumbai, one of the cities most affected by the second wave of Covid, another surge has been occurring that is believed to be caused by the highly transmissible Omicron strain that has sparked global alarm.
In an effort to curb the rise in cases, Mumbai has already introduced curbs. Mumbai Police said in an order on New Year’s Eve that beach areas, open grounds, sea temples, promenades, parks, and other public places are off-limits from 5 pm to 5 am until January 15. The order was in response to the massive increase in Coronavirus cases in the city.
S Chaitanya, a senior police officer, said that the order will remain in effect until January 15, unless withdrawn earlier.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation – the city’s civic body – has reactivated its ward-level war rooms in anticipation of a fresh wave of Covids.
These war rooms have been set up in all 24 wards to manage hospital admissions, oxygen and medicine requirements, and vaccination. The war rooms – that follow the “test, trace and treat” strategy – also keep a track of patients isolated at their homes.